A buddy invited me out for brunch recently, and since he was buying he got to choose the restaurant. When he suggested Sirens of the Sea, my curiosity notched up a few levels .
Sirens of the Sea opened last May, in Davis Bay across from the seawall and has arguably one of the best views on the Coast. There was a good strong southeaster blowing that blustery morning and our window seat provided lots of drama as we watched a small tug boat trying to tow a large barge, as it pounded into the waves. The west-facing Davis Bay view is also great for enjoying colourful evening sunsets.
But back to the reason for my curiosity. My mandate for Everything Sunshine Coast is that it will be a place where readers can get an insider’s perspective on the Sunshine Coast – the good and the bad – in other words, the truth. And that’s why my curiosity about Sirens of the Sea was piqued, because I’d heard mixed reviews from others, and I needed to find out for myself.
The morning special was a Blackstone Benny and this also caught my interest (I know… call it professional curiousity) When I asked about the name of this special offering neither the server nor the chef knew the answer (a Blackstone Benny is made with ham instead of bacon and a slice of tomato)
My Blackstone arrived and the poached eggs were indeed perfectly cooked. The Hollandaise, however, looked and tasted like it came out of a tube; the oven roasted potatoes just didn’t have much flavour – no spices or herbs had been used; and… where was the ham in my Blackstone Benny!!
My buddy ordered the Complete Breakfast – a good descriptor as the plate was loaded with French Toast from a good crusty baguette, together with bacon, sausage and eggs. The fruit garnish for both dishes was basic, however – the ubiquitous orange slice – and that seemed to sum up my feeling about the experience itself – satisfying but nothing special.
So in the interests of being true to my mandate: the location provides a great view, and our server was extremely attentive. Breakfast, however, was just average. As mentioned earlier, I’ve heard mixed reports on their dinner, as well. Two good friends have had very good dinners; others not so impressed.
The bottom line – there are many other better dining experiences to be found on the Sunshine Coast, so stay tuned to Everything Sunshine Coast.